PhD Tutorial I

Course Description: 

PhD Tutorial I is devoted to developing the structure, topics and faculty committee for the PhD Comprehensive Exam. This involves preparing the bibliography of at least 100 books and articles on topics related to the dissertation and to composing an essay explaining their selection. One group session also addresses the ways in which book reviews and journals can be used and evaluated.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the term these documents are reviewed by the Supervisors and the History Department Doctoral Studies Committee.


This course is taken for a pass/fail grade.  The requirements are to submit in the first week of December an essay of 5-10 pages describing the logic of the bibliography chosen for the comprehensive exam, the assembled bibliography of approximately 100 books and journal articles, and the application to candidacy, including the names of the prospective comprehensive exam committee.  These materials are assessed by both Supervisors and the History Department Doctoral Studies Committee and suggestions may be made for a revised submission in the winter term.